Health & Wellness Features
HPV vaccine cut infection by half in teen girls
ATLANTA (AP) -- A vaccine against a cervical cancer virus cut infections in teen girls by half in the first study to measure the shot's impact since it came on the market. The results impressed health experts and a top government top health official called them striking....
New MERS virus spreads easily, deadlier than SARS
LONDON (AP) -- A mysterious new respiratory virus that originated in the Middle East spreads easily between people and appears more deadly than SARS, doctors reported Wednesday after investigating the biggest outbreak in Saudi Arabia....
Study: Wiser medication use could cut health costs
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- If doctors and patients used prescription drugs more wisely, they could save the U.S. health care system at least $213 billion a year, by reducing medication overuse, underuse and other flaws in care that cause complications and longer, more-expensive treatments, researchers conclude....
Medicare: Cost-saving changes coming for diabetics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Medicare begins a major change next month that could save older diabetics money and time when they buy crucial supplies to test their blood sugar - but it also may cause some confusion as patients figure out the new system....
Nonprofit launches campaign to reach uninsured
CHICAGO (AP) -- A nonprofit group helping to spread the word about President Barack Obama's health care overhaul launched a campaign Tuesday that will target states with high numbers of uninsured Americans and tackle their skepticism with straightforward messages....
Especially grim encephalitis toll feared in India
GORAKHPUR, India (AP) -- A mosquito-borne disease that preys on the young and malnourished is sweeping across poverty-riven northern India again this monsoon season in what officials worry could be the deadliest outbreak in nearly a decade....
Report: US adult smoking rate dips to 18 percent
ATLANTA (AP) -- Fewer U.S. adults are smoking, a new government report says....
Report: Slowdown in health care costs to continue
WASHINGTON (AP) -- There's good news for most companies that provide health benefits for their employees: America's slowdown in medical costs may be turning into a trend, rather than a mere pause....
To ease shortage of organs, grow them in a lab?
NEW YORK (AP) -- the time 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan finally got a lung transplant last week, she'd been waiting for months, and her parents had sued to give her a better shot at surgery....
Gender report of Shah Rukh Khan baby investigated
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Health officials in Mumbai are investigating reports that Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan and his wife know the sex of a baby they are having through a surrogate mother....
Do you agree with FBI Director Robert Mueller that being more transparent about the agency's surveillance methods "would be educating our adversaries as to what our capabilities are?" <More Info>
During an oversight hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday, FBI Director Robert Mueller admitted the FBI uses drones for surveillance on U.S. soil. When asked if he would be more transparent on their surveillance methods, Mueller said, "There is a price to be paid for that transparency, I certainly think it would be educating our adversaries as to what our capabilities are." The director also stated that the FBI has and will continue to weigh the possibility of publishing more information about its spying habits.
Do you think an immigration reform bill will pass both the House and Senate before the end of the year?